Blockstream’s Samson Mow: Bitcoin’s Block Size May Already Be ‘Too Big’

Blockstream’s Samson Mow: Bitcoin’s Block Size May Already Be ‘Too Big’

The chief strategy officer at Bitcoin (BTC) firm Blockstream has said that the current block size capacity may not even be needed in the future.
Speaking in an interview with industry news outlet Decrypt on Oct. 6, Samson Mow stated that as off-chain scaling solutions such as the Lightning Network (LN) progress, will need less on-chain capacity.
Current block size is suitable
According to Mow, now has the equivalent of 4-megabyte blocks if transactions which use Segregated Witness are included. The future will show, however, “that the current block size may actually be ‘too big,’” he noted.
Mow’s comments are in stark contrast with the often quoted narrative among commentators who worry that ’s network capacity will fail to deal with future increases in demand.
Mow champions the Lightning Network for
Blocks are currently around 1 megabyte in size. Off-chain transactions do not contribute to network load by filling them up, and hence the which allows them is seeing considerable development.
For Mow, the LN represents the most likely winner. The protocol allows almost instant off-chain transactions which can cost just 1 satoshi ($0.00007944 at press time). Its popularity remains limited due to its experimental nature and lack of user-friendly interface, but adoption must continue in order to advance the LN’s status. Mow explained:
“Lightning has to grow organically, there’s no real way to jumpstart it artificially. People need to open up channels, lock up Bitcoins and start connecting with other nodes.”
Earlier in 2019, the Lightning Torch transaction relay has significantly increased the profile of both the and itself, with participants including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

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